When Barack Obama assumed office in early 2009, one of his first acts involved seizing control of the nation’s Census Bureau. At the time, numerous conservatives recognized the potential for corruption inherent in a deeply partisan administration gaining operating power over an ostensibly nonpartisan census program.
Two Republican representatives, Darrell Issa and Patrick McHenry, penned a letter to Obama at the time to voice their concerns.
“Requiring the Census director to report directly to [then-] White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a shamefully transparent attempt by your administration to politicize the Census Bureau and manipulate the 2010 Census,” the letter stated. Unfortunately, any plans Obama had to skew the census are now secondary concerns compared to the latest attempt to use the decennial population tally to his benefit.
As the ObamaCare law continues to limp along despite the concerted effort of administration flaks to hype its apparent benefits, it is apparent that only some heavy-handed manipulation will ever reshape the public’s opinion. Recent reports indicate that is exactly what Obama intends to provide.
The New York Times reported that the now-White House controlled Census Bureau was instructed to revamp its verbiage regarding healthcare, ensuring analysts will not be able to compare current results to those of the past 30 years. As a result, ObamaCare’s success – or, more likely, failure – in increasing Americans’ insurance enrollment will be impossible to assess.
We’re out here living it, so good luck polishing that turd…Census Bureau changes will obscure effects of ObamaCare. http://t.co/zuyDkPykvf
— Peyton James (@peytonjames) April 15, 2014
Furthermore, the bureau’s own health statistics chief indicated the pointed questions now included in the census questionnaire will have the effect of artificially inflating the number of insured persons compared to previous forms. “We are expecting much lower numbers [of uninsured] just because of the questions and how they are asked,” Brett O’Hara said.
— Bossy RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) April 15, 2014
Policy experts and journalists, many of whom are notoriously unsympathetic to conservative sentiments, have expressed outrage over the partisan move.
As Noah Rothman of the left-leaning Mediaite concluded, this is “another crazy conservative conspiracy theory” that “is proven to be not so crazy after all.”
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